A Day in the Life
One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties
By (author) Robert Greenfield
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Day in the Life by Robert Greenfield
Book DescriptionFrom the author of "Exile on Main Street" comes the decadent, heartbreaking tale of the breakdown of a seemingly idyllic, upper-class marriage, set against the backdrop of the end of the sixties and populated with an unforgettable cast of jet-setting famous and infamous characters.This is the story of how the ideal marriage between two young, rich, and extraordinarily beautiful members of the English upper class degenerated into a hellish nightmare of drugs, decadence, madness, and death during a moment in time when the psychedelic dreams of the sixties were giving way to the harsh realities of the seventies. It is also the stirring account of how their two sons - one of whom is actor Jake Weber, currently co-starring with Patricia Arquette on Medium - somehow managed to survive a childhood that would have destroyed those of lesser spirit.The supporting cast of characters, which plays out against the background of the international jet set circa 1962-1975, includes Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg; Mick and Bianca Jigger; Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby-Gore; George Harrison and the Beatles; record producer Jimmy Miller and Traffic; actresses Fiona Lewis, Sally Field, and Charlotte Rampling; film directors John Frankenheimer and Lucchino Visconti; antique dealer Chrissie Gibbs; and LSD guru Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith, and many others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306816222
(210mm x 140mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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US Kirkus Review » Journalist and screenwriter Greenfield (Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, 2006, etc.) pens a eulogy for the 1960s with his portrayal of the ascent and downfall of two upper-class wanderers.Descended from old money, 20-somethings Susan "Puss" Coriat and Tommy Weber lived off their trust funds, rubbing elbows with Britain's elite as they discovered their callings - Tommy as a race-car driver, Puss as an actress. By 1964, the couple was married with two baby boys, and they soon fell into the drug experimentation of the mid-'60s. On a trip to the Greek islands with her children in tow, Puss suffered a schizophrenic episode. With her institutionalized, Tommy took charge of the children, soon befriending Keith Richards and staying with the Rolling Stones in France during the recording of Exile on Main St. It was the peak before the fall for both the '60s and the lives of Puss and Tommy. By 1971, heroin and cocaine became the mainstays of a scene once limited to LSD and marijuana, and Tommy fell into heavy abuse. Puss, as happened with more than a few of the "European hippie jet-set scene," committed suicide. Tommy then couch-surfed around Europe with his children, hanging out with stars and scammers, even cooking up plans to free Timothy Leary, then a fugitive in Switzerland. Fast-forward a couple decades. Son Jake became a well-known actor, starring in NBC's Medium, while Charley became a musician and Web designer. After abusing his body for decades, Tommy died in 2006. To sum up the turbulent decade, the author visited Puss' grave, writing that, along with her physical remains lies "the spirit of an age long since gone, a moment in time when those engaged in a grand social experiment did everything they could to break free from all constraints."Though it often reads like an extended society gossip column, the narrative is studded with enough trivia and name-dropping to engage ex-hippies and other fans of '60s culture. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Robert Greenfield
Robert Greenfield is the author of Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, Timothy Leary: A Biography, Dark Star: An Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia, S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones, as well as two novels and a forthcoming biography of Ahmet Ertegun. With Bill Graham, he is the coauthor of Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out, which won both the Ralph J. Gleason Award and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards for excellence in music writing. An award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist, he lives in California.
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